As we talked about in the past week, everything at the grocery store seems to display health benefits. Whether it’s from low cholesterol to less fat to any other kind of label to benefit one’s health, these companies are putting health labels on their products whether the product is actually good for one’s health or not. As we talked about in this past week, there is an alternative type of water to regular water, called Vitaminwater. One might think that this substance is an equal alternative to water. As this Vitaminwater does contain water, it also contains plenty of other unhealthy things. Vitaminwater is very high in liquid sugar and contains almost as much fructose as Coca-Cola. A single bottle of this substance contains about 120 calories and 32 grams of sugar. These ingredients that the Vitaminwater contains is only about 50% less than a can of Cocoa-Cola. Just because the name of the substance has two healthy words combined doesn’t meant that the product will benefit your health! In this case with Vitaminwater, the substance can be actually more harmful to you than helpful.
There are several things at the grocery store that contain healthy nutrients or cut out the bad ingredients that may be detrimental to one’s health. It’s whether the item that one is buying is actually beneficial for the body in the first place. For example, seeing a can of green beans that is labeled “low sodium” may be more believable or will require less research than seeing a granola bar labeled “good for your health”. We may believe that the can of green beans is more believable because it is a vegetable, a natural crop grown from the ground. Disregarding the extra ingredients, such as salt to make the can of green beans taste better, it is essentially a natural food. On the other hand, a granola bar is not natural and most likely has more preservatives or additives which may require more research to find out if it is actually good for one’s health or not. All in all, one has to be careful when buying products if trying to benefit his or her health. Just because something may look healthy to the eye, doesn’t mean that it is beneficial.